Remembering 10 who died in 2017 after making an impact on Carroll County.
Brian Lockard served 33 years in Carroll County Public Schools, including as superintendent and, later, as professor of education at McDaniel College. Lockard died Jan. 17. He was 73. Lockard graduated from Westminster Senior High School in 1961. After earning a bachelor's degree in education from Frostburg State College, Lockard began teaching at Freedom Elementary, would later serve as the principal of Charles Carroll Elementary and, in 1976, help open Westminster Elementary, eventually rising to superintendent of schools. In 1998, Lockard became an associate professor of education at McDaniel and chaired the department from 1999 until 2004. Lockard was also involved on the boards of the Union Mills Homestead, Carroll Hospice, Rape Crisis and the 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program of Carroll County, among others.
Robert Kirkland, who spent most of his life trying to help those struggling with addiction, died on March 15 at age 74. Kirkland spent much of his professional career working for Mountain Manor Treatment Centers as a court liaison. Kirkland was a veteran of the U.S. Navy who fought in Vietnam. He began his career with the State of Maryland Parole and Probation Drunk Driving Monitoring Program before working for Mountain Manor. Additionally, he was an active member and served on the board of trustees at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, a member of the Westminster Elks Lodge, active in the 4-H community, a Hereford Volunteer Fire Company member, and a member of American Legion Post 200. Judge Fred Hecker said it was almost like having an extra probation officer in the courtroom because Kirkland took responsibility for the people whom he helped get into treatment.
William Bevard Dulany, a retired McDaniel College trustee and founding partner of Westminster law firm Dulany Leahy Curtis & Beach LLP, died March 19. He was 89. The Carroll County native joined the Navy in 1945 as an aerographer before returning to McDaniel — then Western Maryland College — to earn a bachelor's degree in 1950. Dulany graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1953 after which he was admitted to the Maryland Bar and began practicing law in Baltimore. In 1959, he returned to Westminster and became the founding partner of the law firm. Dulany retired from Dulany Leahy Curtis & Beach LLP in 2014. Dulany was a trustee for McDaniel for nearly 40 years until he retired in 2013. During his time on the board, the college formed its for-profit corporation and built the Best Western-Westminster Hotel and Conference Center. Dulany served as chair of McDaniel's Buildings and Grounds Committee during a period when every academic building on campus was restored, renovated or constructed.
Berlin F. “Jake” Caple, the last remaining founding member of the Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company, died on May 8 at age 88. When he was 16, Caple and several friends helped start the company when they bought a fire engine and housed it in his mother’s garage. Caple graduated from Westminster High School in 1946. After high school he worked for Shilling Brothers Cannery Co. on Bethel Rd as a driver, Jameson-Barnsley Dodge-Plymouth, Warner Motor Sales which became Bare Truck Center and Race Motor Sales which became RMS for 20 years where he retired. After retirement he worked as a driver for Raloid Corp. But his greatest achievement was his 70-year association with Reese fire company. He held numerous elected and appointed positions with the fire company that included first lieutenant from 1954-1957, assistant chief from 1958-1968 and 1981-1983 and chief from 1969-1980.
A Carroll orthodontist for more than four decades, Robert Scott died June 30 at age 73. Scott earned his bachelor's degree from then Western Maryland College in 1966. In 1969, he graduated the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, and, from 1969-1971, served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps before training in orthodontics at Georgetown University. In 1973, Scott opened his private practice in Westminster. When he retired in 2014, he had six offices around the county and three partners. Scott undertook volunteer missions to Costa Rica, Ecuador, Morocco and Kenya and was inducted into the International College of Dentists. Scott helped establish the first Montessori School in Westminster and served as president of the Westminster Rotary Club. Scott spent more than 20 years as a director of Union National Bank and then Mercantile Bank and, for seven years, served as chairman of the Industrial Development Authority of Carroll County.
Businessman John "Jack" Feezer Jr. died July 26 at 97. Feezer was a successful entrepreneur who founded, among other ventures, the John F. Feezer Co. in 1965, and several years later, Interstate Feezer Joint Venture with his business partner and friend George Strauss. The two infrastructure companies are responsible for landmarks around Maryland including a mile-long pipeline from Loch Raven Reservoir, a section of Baltimore's Southwest Diversion sewer system and a bridge with the infrastructure for Pier 6 in the Inner Harbor. During World War II, Feezer was drafted into the U.S. Navy and was a part of Operation Olympic. One of Feezer's lasting legacies is the R. Wayne Feezer Memorial Foundation, which raises around $100,000 annually for local organizations. Another was the renovation of Ward's Chapel United Methodist Church, of which Feezer was a member. He also served on the board of directors of the Commercial and Farmers Bank and on the Finance Committee of the Baltimore Council of The Boy Scouts of America.
Earl “Tim” Warehime, a firefighter, paramedic, and the mayor of Manchester from 1990-1995 died Aug. 21. He was 71. Warehime spent 48 years employed with Colonial Pipeline and as a firefighter and paramedic, serving 25 years with the Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department and 52 years with Manchester Volunteer Fire Company. He was a decorated public servant who was inducted into the the Maryland State Firemen’s Association Hall of Fame in 2010 and and the Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association Hall of Fame in 2016. He also served as an advanced life support instructor for Hanover General Hospital, a weekend paramedic with Westminster Volunteer Fire Department and a state evaluator of EMT’s for Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Federation. He was also a member of the Masonic Lebanon Lodge 175.
One of the charter members of the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame, George L. Stem, 73, died on August 21. Born in Silver Run, he worked as a Soil Conservationist for the USDA after graduating from Westminster High School in 1962 following a standout high school football career. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1966. He played football at Maryland and received the Outstanding Senior Athletic Award and the Unsung Hero Award. He was a charter member of the Carroll County Chargers and was part of the first class of the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame. He was a member of Redeemers United Church of Christ in Littlestown, Pennsylvania, and a member of the M Club and the Terrapin Club. He was an avid golfer and sports fan and the George Stem Football Scholarship Fund was established with the Community Foundation of Carroll County.
For 23 years, the Carroll County Orphans’ Court was led by Chief Judge Dorothy Virginia “Dottie” Utz, who served from 1994 until her death on Oct. 1 at age 90. She was the first elected female judge of that court. Utz graduated with the Westminster High School class of 1946. She attended Towson University for business management. She worked at the Westminster-based Quality Cleaners (now Admiral West Cleaners) prior to going into public service. Utz was a member of the Orphans Court Judges Association, Gettysburg Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, the Carroll County Historical Society and Carroll County Republican Club. She was a choir singer and member of Grace Lutheran Church of Westminster. The Orphans’ Court is Maryland’s probate court and also has jurisdiction over guardianship of minors.
Longtime Carroll educator and Carroll County Sports Hall of Famer Victor Joseph Makovitch, 89, of Westminster, died Oct. 18. Makovitch went to Western Maryland College obtaining a bachelor's in education before graduating in 1952. After graduation, he served on active duty as an officer in the Army until 1954, with service in Korea, and then with the reserves until 1965. He worked in the Carroll County School System for 32 years as a teacher, coach, referee, and administrator, serving 22 years as principal of Westminster Junior High School and West Middle School until he retired in 1988. He attended Westminster United Methodist Church and was active with the local American Legion and Elks Clubs. An accomplished football player, Victor was named a Little College All American in 1951. He was inducted into the Western Maryland College Hall of Fame in 1982 and the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.